Dr. Dan Metcalfe is Research Program Leader for the Ecology Program at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. He completed fieldwork for his PhD in the rainforests of South-east Asia before taking up a post-doctoral position in Australia working on the ecology and physiology of rainforest seedlings. He then returned to the UK for eight years working in academia before returning to Australia in 2004 to work with CSIRO Atherton.

Dr. Dichmont is a Stream Leader in the Northern Fisheries and Ecosystems Research Program at CSIRO. She has a national and international reputation in stock assessment, modeling natural systems, natural resource management, shared fisheries stocks, and management strategy evaluation and has been a principal investigator in numerous collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects over her career.

This project will partner the region’s key stakeholders to review, trial and evaluate the most effective governance systems and planning foundations for regional and landscape scale adaptation to climate change. In particular, within the context of these governance systems and planning arrangements, it will focus on the potential application of emerging ecosystem service markets to secure landscape scale resilience for biodiversity in the face of climate change.

The key intent of the Project will be to:

This project will fill critical information gaps about the relative importance of key attributes (or ‘values’) associated with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to a variety of different stakeholders and about the way in which those ‘values’ might be effected by a range of external influences (e.g. different types of economic development, increases in population, changes in the mix of visitors).

The project is focused on naturally regenerating forests (regrowth) and their potential to offer a much needed low cost option to restore critical habitat over large areas. It will assist decisions about how to most efficiently restore biodiversity to degraded rainforest landscapes, by providing new knowledge about the outcomes of lower-cost regrowth (including potential for minimum intervention management).

Planning systems, governance structures and institutions that capture the traditional knowledge and associations of Indigenous peoples into biodiversity decision-making and management remain elusive. Key planning initiatives in the Wet Tropics region have advanced the institutional capability to engage Indigenous peoples into biodiversity management, including the Wet Tropics Regional Agreement, the Aboriginal Cultural and Natural Resource Management Plan, several Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA), and the nomination for national heritage listing of the Aboriginal cultural values.

Torres Strait has long been recognised as a bridge into Australia and there has been a focus on both human and wildlife diseases and their presence in the area in the past.  Zoonoses, or diseases borne by animals, are of increasing concern to Australia. These diseases represent serious threats to human health, to our agriculture and to our biodiversity. In this project we will be focusing on improved methodologies for detection of disease incursions in Torres Strait and options to mitigate the establishment and the persistence of serious diseases of wildlife in the region. 

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority seeks to develop a socio-economic monitoring program, but there are a vast number of variables (or ‘indicators’) that could, potentially, be monitored and monitoring is not a costless exercise. So, it is important to ensure that the variables selected for ‘monitoring’, are ones which, (a) provide reliable, relevant information, which (b) measure interactions between sub-systems (e.g. socio-economic and biophysical) and which (c) are clearly associated with the Authority’s primary goal of protecting the Reef, i.e.

Managers of the world heritage Great Barrier Reef have repeatedly made stronger calls for social science data to assist them in their day-to-day duties. Researchers of Project 10.1 will work directly with the GBRMPA, DEEDI, GBRF, DERM, industry and community to develop world-class social and economic research that will directly facilitate the management of the Great Barrier Reef.

The broad goal of this project is to identify strategic priorities for protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems that support the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, in the context of changing land use, expanding infrastructure, and climate change. More specifically, the project will address three limitations of previous research and application in conservation planning. First, conservation planning has focused principally on snapshots of biodiversity and land uses, as if planning regions were static.


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